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Legal pot arrives in District of Columbia amid wrangle with Congress

Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:53
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Possession of small amounts of marijuana became legal in the District of Columbia on Thursday amid a face-off between local officials and the U.S. Congress over whether the new standards are lawful. The U.S. capital joined Washington state, Alaska and Colorado in making marijuana lawful for recreational use, reflecting a rapidly shifting legal landscape for the drug. It remains illegal under federal law.
Wisconsin Senate approves right-to-work bill, sends to state Assembly
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 22:50
By Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - The Wisconsin Senate narrowly approved a "right-to-work" bill on Wednesday that would bar private-sector employees who work under union-negotiated contracts from being required to join their unions or pay them dues. The bill, which would make Wisconsin the 25th U.S. state with a right-to-work law on the books, cleared the Republican-led Senate on a 17-15 vote following hours of debate marked by periodic angry shouts from opponents watching…
Obama says he expects to win court fight on immigration order
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 22:04
MIAMI - President Barack Obama urged immigrants thrown into limbo by legal wrangling to keep planning for eventual relief, professing confidence Wednesday that his deportation directives won't be thrown out in court. Mr. Obama said he expected to win when a U.S. circuit court hears his appeal, but added that his administration will "take it up from there" if the appeal fails, in an apparent reference to the Supreme Court. He said at each stage…
On Bush turf, Obama blames immigration woes on Republicans
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 19:49
By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama raised the political pressure on Republicans over immigration on Wednesday, telling young members of Miami's Latino community that Republicans were to blame for stopping reform and urging them to make it an issue in the 2016 elections. Obama took questions about his stalled immigration executive actions at a town hall-style event at Florida International University, which claims to be first in the nation in awarding degrees…
Obama turns up heat on Republicans for stalled immigration reforms
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 18:48
By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama raised the political pressure on Republicans over immigration on Wednesday, telling young members of Miami's Latino community that Republicans were to blame for stopping reform and urging them to make it an issue in the 2016 elections. Obama took questions about his stalled immigration executive actions at a town hall-style event at Florida International University, which claims to be first in the nation in awarding degrees…
DHS impasse down to the wire in Congress
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 18:25
Washington (CNN)The two Republican congressional leaders in charge of avoiding a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security haven't spoken in two weeks even as the agency is set to run out of money in three days. Instead of coordinating on some way to fund the agency House Speaker John Boehner and Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have left communications to their staffs, Republican sources tell CNN, and are effectively pointing at each other to…
Watchdog group files complaint over Rep. Aaron Schock's travel
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 18:02
A government watchdog group on Wednesday asked congressional investigators to examine whether Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock violated House ethics rules by using taxpayer and campaign funds for private air travel. The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said in its complaint to the Office of Congressional Ethics that available evidence about Schock's spending "warrants a full investigation." Schock, a 33-year-old Republican, has faced scrutiny in recent weeks amid revelations he used the funds to…
FCC to vote to regulate net neutrality Thursday: What it means
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 17:57
The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote Thursday on a new set of rules for Internet service providers. And while Democratic Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to regulate the Internet like water, electricity and other public utilities is slated for approval, the months (years, actually) of fighting over net neutrality, both within the FCC and on Capitol Hill, won’t likely end there. As Thursday’s vote has drawn closer, Wheeler continued to face pressure from within…
Rahm-Rauner ties likely to survive Chicago mayor's re-election battle
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 17:47
By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - As Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel struggles to get re-elected, one of his biggest problems will be how to deal with Illinois' new Republican governor Bruce Rauner, whose proposed budget would slash hundreds of millions of dollars of state funding for the city. The strains have led to a deterioration in the relationship between the two politicians, referred to in Illinois political circles as "Rahm-Rauner.
D.C. Mayor to Congress: Stop "bullying" District over pot laws
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 17:02
February 25, 2015, 5:26 PM|Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser warns congressmen to stop interfering, on the eve of marijuana legalization in the District of Columbia.

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